Church, Mexico

Object Details

Title:

Church, Mexico

Artist/Maker(s):

Paul Strand (American, 1890 - 1976)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Mexico (Place created)

Date:

1932 - 1933

Medium:

Platinum print

Dimensions:

11.7 x 14.8 cm (4 5/8 x 5 13/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Aperture Foundation

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Paul Strand viewed Mexico's rural buildings as cultural and historical icons. In this image of a church, Strand created a study in mass, volume, light, and shadow. While one side of the building is bathed in light, the massive rear wall remains almost entirely obscured. Two small conical structures are affixed to the rear corners. At the far end of the main building, a bell tower stands, surmounted by a cross. A mysterious block, perhaps a chapel, juts out from the main building, unrelieved by doors or windows. For Stand, this stark and weathered church may have embodied both the material residue of colonial times and the everyday reality of Mexico's rural communities.

Exhibitions
Paul Strand: People and Place (September 11 to November 25, 1990)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), September 11 to November 25, 1990
Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Optical Parables (November 13, 2001 to February 9, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 13, 2001 to February 17, 2002
  • Museo Nacional de Arte, (Mexico City), March 14 to June 2, 2002
  • Walker Art Center, (Minneapolis), November 10, 2002 to February 9, 2003
Three Roads Taken: The Photographs of Paul Strand (May 10, 2005 to June 10, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 10 to September 4, 2005
  • Musée d'Art Américain (Giverny), April 1 to June 10, 2006
Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910 - 1940 (July 6 to September 29, 2013) (86)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), July 6 to September 29, 2013
Education Resources

Education Resource

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Grades

Format

Buildings, Buildings Everywhere

Students learn about shapes in architecture by painting their school and writing a reflective summary of their study of architecture.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts

3-5

Three/Five-Part Lesson

Sacred Places: California Missions from Different Perspectives

Explore the concept of a sacred place through works of art representing sacred spaces, and by studying the California missions.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; History–Social Science

3-5

Long-Term Unit